Past events

02
Dec
2015

'After liberal peace': public keynote lecture as part of the workshop on ‘hybridity: history, power and scale’

Professor Oliver Richmond, University of Manchester

Work on peace and its development during the 2000s, drawing on peace and state building examples from around the world, now looks rather dated. Such work concluded with some thoughts on the potential...

Dr. Bates Gill
26
Nov
2015

Convergence and divergence: the paradox of US-China relations

Dr. Bates Gill, Visiting Professor, United States Studies Centre, University of Sydney

The US-China relationship - arguably the most consequential bilateral relationship in the world - is defined by an abiding paradox: while the two countries have never been so interdependent nor...

19
Nov
2015

2015 Timor-Leste Update: Book Launch

Various Speakers; TBA

A New Era? Timor-Leste after the UNEdited by Sue Ingram, Lia Kent and Andrew McWilliam

Abstract

Timor-Leste has made impressive progress since its historic achievement of independence in 2002...

16
Nov
2015

Colonialism and disaffection in Fiji's Methodist Mission

Dr Kirstie Close-Barry

Abstract

Throughout the colonial period, there were constant motivations present for the dismembering of European hegemony. Ideas that flowed through colonial networks pushed Methodist missionaries...

26
Oct
2015

Changing attitudes to marriage among women in Papua New Guinea

Melissa Demian and Ceridwen Spark

Previous research among educated women in Papua New Guinea has revealed the desire of women in this cohort to avoid or delay marriage (Spark 2010; 2011).   Financial independence from men plays a...

19
Oct
2015

Sorcery, Christianity and the Decline of Medical Services in Melanesia

John Cox and Georgina Phillips

Abstract

In Papua New Guinea and Solomon Islands, witchcraft and sorcery accusations appear to be proliferating and, in many cases, leading to horrific violence, torture and murder of those thought...

12
Oct
2015

Indigenous commercial ambitions and decentralisation: the initial provincial government debate in Papua New Guinea reconstructed

Scott MacWilliam

Abstract

Decentralisation of government and administration was introduced in Papua New Guinea during the 1970s. It has been claimed that reshaping of the post-colonial state occurred in response to...

16
Sep
2015

PNG at 40: public lecture series

His Excellency Mr Charles W Lepani

The State, Society and Governance in Melanesia Program (SSGM) in partnership with the Papua New Guinea Canberra Students Association (PNGCSA) are hosting a series of public lectures to mark the...

14
Sep
2015

Oil palm expansion and rural livelihoods in North Guadalcanal, Solomon Islands

Lincy Pendeverana

Abstract

There is considerable scholarly debate around the world about the expansion of oil palm and its impact on rural livelihoods. Consequently, oil palm is regarded as a controversial tree crop...

08
Sep
2015

State of the Pacific 2015 - Book Launch Day 2

Various Speakers

Book Launches

We are pleased to be launching a series of books edited and authored by SSGM Scholars during the State of the Pacific 2015 Conference.

Political Life Writing in the PacificEdited...

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